Video Tutorial: “Brewing Floral Waters”
This video contains a sneak peek at the lotion recipe that I’m creating for week 5. :)
Welcome to Week 3 of Lotion Making Month! Today I’ve got a great video tutorial that shows you step-by-step, how to brew your own floral waters. This is an excellent skill to have when making lotion. It opens up so many possibilities for the types of scents and medicinal benefits that you can have in your lotion. It’s also a great skill to have because more and more floral waters are being made with chemical-based fragrances, rather than with actual herbs and plants.
What Are Floral Waters and How Do They Differ From Essential Oils?
Floral waters are aromatic waters that are produced using steam distillation. They contain all of the beneficial and medicinal properties of the herb or plant that they are made from. Essential oils are similar to floral waters, but because of the extraction methods used to produce them, they don’t always carry all of the beneficial constituents of the herbs. This is because some constituents are hydrophilic, meaning they dissolve in water. It’s this water solubility that allows us to create such a beneficial product when brewing our own floral waters.
What Can I Use Floral Waters In?
So many things! You can use them in lotion recipes, to add fragrance AND beneficial properties, like using a calendula flower herbal water to give your lotion acne fighting properties. They can be used to create facial toners, like this one: pH balancing facial toner. You can also make hair rinses, room fresheners and many other wonderful products.
If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you. Happy brewing!
Next Week: Lavender and Chamomile Lotion Recipe